Wednesday, July 09, 2008

i can't stop thinking out loud!

does your brain run 90 miles a minute like mine does? oh. my. goodness.

i survived my 11-hour (self-imposed) internet fast yesterday.

it wasn't easy, and i felt a little lost every time i reached a natural break in my day. but...

i got an enormous amount of stuff done around here without a computer to distract me. my house is clean and sparkly, and we're 90% packed and ready to leave tomorrow!

john brought "my precious" home and i calmly finished dinner (enormous willpower right there, friends) before i sat down to check my email.

wanna guess how many email messages i had in my inbox? it was a LOT.

i got so much done yesterday that i have time to squeeze in a hike with the "mountain goats" this morning. that's the name that my friend's daughter gave our little hiking group--flattering, isn't it? pray for me...cause we're all taking our kids and i don't do so well when mine get all whiney on the trail.

i'm craving homemade strawberry ice cream. we made some on monday night and it was out of this world delicious! here's the recipe. seriously, it was as good as Coldstone Creamery. i am so making this again. and trying to decide whether to have the leftovers for breakfast. and yeah, that means i ate the sugar that i swore off. it's have to live a little.

i took the girls to get some new crocs last night. i don't like shopping at all, but i really don't like shopping with girls! they want/think they need everything they see.

i bought them both a new pair of shoes, but they went to bed crying because they wished they'd bought something different. who knew buyers remorse kicked in this young? oh my. i want to cry too because that means a trip back to the store to return them and find something else. i don't know if i have it in me.

sarah needs a swimsuit and she tried on at least 15 different ones last night. i think she tried on and we still didn't end up buying one. i'm having trouble finding one for her that is modest enough for my taste. have you seen girls swimsuits lately?? shocking. makes me dread swimsuit shopping when that girl is a teenager.

i'm hopelessly behind on all the blogs i read. and i don't have time today to read them all. i'll get caught up one of these days.

i'm loving the auto-post feature on blogger so much. please don't think for a minute that i get up before 6am. just can't do it.

must go...happy wednesday.


Joanne : The Simple Wife said...

Wow...what a day!

And I can so relate...from a brain that runs away to shopping with little girls to swimsuits (Speedo and Costco is my suggestion) to them wanting everything they see and thinking it must come home NOW.

Have a a great trip!


Teri H said...

I like to do an internet fast every once in a while... it does me good! And thanks for posting the ice cream recipe! I'm so "into" ice cream these days! I'll be trying it soon!

Hope you guys have a great trip!


Amber said...

So glad I have boys. I don't know what I'd do if I had to shop for little girls.

Hope you guys have a good trip. I'm sure Sarah is excited about all her many birthdays!!!

Becca~CapturingSimpleJoys said...

Good luck on the swim suit hunt. I lucked out this year and found 3 adorable ones at the Just Between Friends sale that fit my daughter. Granted she's only 6 and still easy to fit/please. I can only imagine what it's going to be like when she's a teenager! If she's anything like my-hard to fit and hate to shop-it's be awful. I feel for you having two daughters.
I'm happy for you that you got so much done. I had a huge break from my computer while in Arkansas because I hated to take up the time on my families computer and my died. It was actually nice. I read a lot at night after everyone went to bed. Time I'm sure would have been spent online.

Lori Harper said...

I feel your pain...I have two older daughters who shop the same way!
Praying that your family will have a safe trip to Arkansas!

Natalie Witcher said...

I don't care how many different swim suits there will be when my girls are teens, they are still wearing a one piece. period.

Kelly @ Love Well said...

I don't know how old your girl is, but I found tons of adorable suits for Natalie (6) at Target. I love cute swimsuits, so I forced myself to buy only one.

But maybe your girl is older and not wanting to look cute anymore?

Way to go on the bloggy fast! Vacation will be so refreshing now that you've gotten all that work done.

Jackie said...

So glad you got so much accomplished! I know exactly what you mean in feeling "lost" when a natural break comes during the day and you are without your computer.

That ice cream sounds fabulous! I've more or less sworn off sugar for awhile as well, but when something that yummy comes along, well, you just have to indulge a little.

JenB said...

Oh, girls' bathing suits! We looked at some at a store in the mall and EVERY one had padding in the tops. For 7 yr olds!! We didn't even try any on. We did find a few finally at Old Navy that were pretty modest.
Pretty sure it's only just begun.

Angie @ Flibbertigibberish said...

You just reminded me that the girls' leftover strawberry ice cream from Coldstone is in the freezer! They won't even miss it...

I'm glad you got so much done sans computer time. I should take a cue from you!

Betsy said...

You sound completely crazy busy. Have fun on your trip!

Rae said...

We are so on the same wave length! I did not touch my computer at all day today (well, from 7 AM until 9 PM) and man, oh man! The things I was able to accomplish!! When hubby came home I actually gave him a tour of all I was able to do! Have a wonderful vacation!!

secondofwett said...

I knnow exactly what you teenage daughter and I went swimsuit shopping....I hate shopping but she loves it and tried on 32 suits before we found one that her and I could agree on!
Even now when I see her wear it I have major misgivings and I tell her that if she doesn't adjust it to cover up more that I'll throw it out and she'll be stuck without anything, which equals no swimming!

Puva said...

Have fun on your trip! And yes, many things can finally get done when the computer isn't there. But it's such a precious thing, I can't bear to part with it either! Indeed, my preciousssss... Oh the wonders of Lord of the Rings!

Jacquie said...

I'm envisioning you rubbing your laptop when it got back in your hands like Gollum (LOTR)... "My precious". Too funny!

Hope your vacation is the best!

*carrie* said...


I hope you have a great trip. We are having a wonderful vacation. I'm thinking of you because I'm typing on a Mac! =)

Stephanie Kay said...

O haven't I rubbed "my Sally" just like a "Precious"!! = )

Swimsuits: Land's End tankini. The girls suits can even have the top with sleeves. Cute. Modest. A little pricy but some values are worth paying for to help instill them in our children.

His Girl said...

impressive- and amazing all one can do when one is away from a computer, huh?

I fast from the computer when I want to really really pray about something. I can't fast from food (blood sugar issues) but I take being away from the computer much the same way- I feel like I'm going to DIE. But everytime i want to reach for the computer, I am reminded to pray- works every time!

Unknown said...

LOved this post! I agree with everything you said! One of the reasons I have loved swim team this year is because the only suits we have bought have been one piece Speedos in solid colors. And they were on sale at Costco for $11.

I too have been almost a week without reading my blogs! I am seriously going through withdrawals! But it has been good for my home and family!

Can't wait to try your ice cream recipe!

Unknown said...

Good job taking a break from the computer. It can be SUCH a time stealer.

And Ditto what everyone else said :-)

Jenn said...

I too am enjoying using the post scheduler on Blogger.

The strawberry ice cream sounds great. We will have to try it soon.

I hope that y'all are having a wonderful vacation in AR. Looking forward to seeing pics and hearing all about it! :o)

Jess said...

Hello my name is Jessica and I am diane's daughter from daine's place. Someone left me an anonymous comment and told me to check out your blog....said you were from arkansas or had been here recently or something.. Anyways. I live in Arkansas, and I really enjoyed your blog.

Just thought I would say hello

Ingram Gang said...

Isn't it amazing all that can be accomplished in a day with no computer. Have a great trip!

His Girl said...

missing YOU!!!!!

Heather said...

I miss you, Mer! Hope you are having a great time here in the natural state!!!

Amber said...

Hope you guys are having a great time. I know your family is enjoying you guys so much!

Can't wait to hear about your trip.

Were you able to see Justin and Becky?